S-Works Tarmac SL6 2018 Chameleon Green "Galaxy"

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Jian81
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by Jian81

Just wanted to share with you guys my new steed for 2018!
The S-Works Tarmac SL6 Chameleon Green which i nicknamed her "Galaxy", Supercaz STAR fade, Mavic COSMIC, frame paint gives me a very "spacey" looking vibe with the purple to green sparkly colour transition, so you know...
Was very fortunate to be able to pick up the last sz56 frameset from my LBS in this colourway (apparently a sz56 is very rare in Asia) and with a 10% off!

Anyway, here's the build list and photos:
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Forgive me for the uncut fork, will be doing it soon! =)
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Frame : S-Works Tarmac SL6 Chameleon Green Sz: 56, 870g(Frame only with bottle cage bolts, rear d hangar etc)
Groupset : Sram Red Etap
Rear D: Ridea Oversized 18-18t Ceramic Pulley RD (89g)
Brakeset: Dura Ace DM brakes (308g, pair)
Pedals : Speedplay Zero (with aftermarket Ti spindles) (160g)
Crankset : Sram Red Crank Arm BB386+ Quarq Dzero Powermeter Spider(122g) + Praxis Buzz Road Chainrings 52/36
Wheelset : Mavic Cosmic Pro Carbon SLC 40mm (1560g, including rim tape) + LifeLine Titanium Skewers(43g) + Conti Supersonic Tubes
Cassette : Sram Red XG-1190
Handlebar : Zipp SL70 Aero (240g)
Bartape : Supacaz Star Fade Neon Yellow (46g)
Stem : Zipp Speed SL 100mm (126g)
Saddle : Fizik Antares R1 (160g)
Cages : Enve Carbon Cages (20g each)

Weight : 6.84kg (with pedals, bottle cages etc)

Overall weight wise im pretty satisfied but could probably cut more weight with a lighter wheelset (Damn Mavic and their highly inaccurate advertised weights, had a near +100g deviation).
The powermeter crankset in total gave me a weight penalty of around 150g as compared to using a regular Sram Red BB30 crankset. But I really the appreciate the value of training with a powermeter.

Aesthetic wise, IMO, Specialized have really nailed their 2018 frame paint jobs. Unique and elegant. Pictures really don't do justice to the Chameleon frames as the colour transition is not really evident. Extremely satisfied with this colourway and it stands out from the rest.

So far i have only ridden for 200km or so, will give a more updated review of it once i have ridden more and when my fit has also been dialed in, but so far its looking really impressive!
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Jian81
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by Jian81

Still trying to figure out this photo posting system, my first time! sorry!

AyBee
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by AyBee

Looks great, but not convinced by the huge jockey wheel I'm afraid.

happyon2wheels
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by happyon2wheels

Conratulations on a really(!) good looking build. If the reviews are accurate you are in for a great ride on your new S-Works. Personally, I get a very strong "The Matrix" vibe from that colorway :-)

On the Cosmics I had the same inaccurate weight experience but managed to take out 40g just from switching the original rim tape with some Schwalbe High Pressure (tubeless) rime tape. Brought the total weight down to 1511g. Also I use Vredestein Latex in mine as these are a bit lighter than the Conti SS ones.

Jian81
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by Jian81

AyBee wrote:
Wed Feb 14, 2018 2:33 pm
Looks great, but not convinced by the huge jockey wheel I'm afraid.
Haha yes but i managed to get mine at a pretty good deal(half the price of Ceramic Speed and almost equally smooth), whether or not it is a truly effective tool i cannot confirm. Just from visual observation and "feel"(may be very much psychological), it does indeed spin smoother but marginal. Also, its kinda therapeutic just watching the drive train spin freely while on the bike stand when you have nothing else to do :lol:

Jian81
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by Jian81

happyon2wheels wrote:
Wed Feb 14, 2018 3:11 pm
Conratulations on a really(!) good looking build. If the reviews are accurate you are in for a great ride on your new S-Works. Personally, I get a very strong "The Matrix" vibe from that colorway :-)

On the Cosmics I had the same inaccurate weight experience but managed to take out 40g just from switching the original rim tape with some Schwalbe High Pressure (tubeless) rime tape. Brought the total weight down to 1511g. Also I use Vredestein Latex in mine as these are a bit lighter than the Conti SS ones.
Yeah will definitely swap the rim tape out the next time i do a tyre swap or something, pretty tempted to replace it with a set of BC Fletchwerk wheels( claimed 1370g 45mm depth, loud hubs) once they come in stock, but ill see how it goes. Stiffness wise, these wheels are definitely stiff enough for me, no complains. Ive seen smoother spinning hubs though.

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by ultyguy

That is seriously f-in hot, well done


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DaReef
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by DaReef

Really hot bike.

idinfo68
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by idinfo68

Great Bike !
Wich botom bracket or adapter do you use ?

I have to mount one Clavicula SE (BB386) on mine...

Thanks for the answer

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ross
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by ross

Smashing colour. So nice to see after years of stealth black bikes :)

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